The PS3 Controller Can't Find a Signal

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The PS3 Controller Can't Find a Signal
Mini-B USB cables connect PS3 controllers to the console. (usb cable image by David Ng from

The PlayStation 3, like the other game consoles of its generation, is like a high performance computer designed for playing games and other multimedia applications. Like a computer, parts of the PS3 and its peripherals may need troubleshooting. If your PS3 controller will not create a wireless connection with the console, you may need to reset one or both of the devices. Resetting the PS3 and the controller is easy and the whole process should only take a few minutes to complete.

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Things you need

  • Paper clip
  • Mini-B USB cable

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    Power down your PS3 console and turn it back on again. This may be enough to get your console and controller to recognise each other. If the controller still fails to connect to your PS3, you will need to reset the controller.

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    Flip your PS3 controller over so you are looking at the back of it. There are six holes on the back of the controller, five of which are screw holes and one of which houses the reset button. The reset button appears on the upper right-hand side of back of the controller, just to the left of the L2 button.

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    Use an unfolded paper clip or similarly sized item to push in the reset button. Hold the button down for a couple of seconds and release it.

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    Connect the PS3 controller to your PS3 with a mini-B USB cable. Press the "PS" button in the centre of the PS3 to pair it with your console. Disconnect the two devices when the lights on the controller stop flashing and a single light stays lit.

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